Birthplace to some of the most influential personalities of the ancient world such as Pythagoras, Epicurus and Aristarchus, the evergreen island of Samos prominently rises in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea at small distance from the shores of Asia Minor from which is separated by the Mycale Strait.
Samos is characterized by vast woodland and dense vegetation which stretches from the top of its mountains (Kerketeus, Karvounis) to its shores. The ideal climate of the island offers excellent conditions for the cultivation of olive trees and primarily for the production of the world famous Samian sweet-flavored wine, the Muscat. The Samian Muscat wine has been awarded many international prizes for its rich, sweet and fruity taste and is widely considered as one of the world-class wines across the globe. It is also worth noting that Samos offers an excellent quality of ouzo and souma (local drink made from the same grapes of the muscat wine) as well as thyme honey.
Due to its great historical significance, Samos is considered one of the most important cultural and political centers of Greek antiquity. The city of Pythagoreio as well as the Heraion temple (largest ever recorded temple dedicated to the goddess Hera) are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1992. In the wider area of Pythagoreio, tourists may also visit the widely known Tunnel of Eupalinos (6th century AD) who served as a hidden aqueduct built inside a mountain. This 1036 m. wonder is considered one the very first tunnels recorded to be excavated simultaneously from both ends and the first among all with a geometry-based approach in doing so.
At the island’s capital of Vathy visitors may spend some time at the Archeological Museum of Samos, which amongst many findings, possesses the biggest ever recorded Kouros statute (above 5 meters)-the Kouros of Leukias-while in the village of Mytilinioi tourists may visit the Paleontological Museum of Mytilinioi.
The Marathokampos area offers the possibility for escapades and hiking from Votsalakia to the mount Kerketeus as well as a vast choice of sandy beaches such as Psili Ammos, Limnionas and many more across the bay.
In the city of Karlovasi, visitors have the chance to walk across the picturesque alleys of the old part of the city and at the same time visit the falls in the Potami area or take a swim in the unique remote beaches of Mikro and Megalo Seitani.
Relaxation combined with a glamorous environment is what Kokkari and Pythagoreio may offer to its visitors.
In regard to the beaches of the island, the choices are many and of exceptional quality: Tsampou, Tsamadou, Lemonakia, Chrysi Ammos, Poseidonio.
Access to the island of Samos is possible either via the International Airport of Samos (Pythagoreio) or by ship from the port of Piraeus to one of the two ports of the island (Karlovasi, Vathy).